We continue to look at what inspires writers to write. Next up is Eric Charles May. Dubbed by Guild Literary Complex as one of the “25 Writers to Watch”, May’s debut novel Bedrock Faith has gotten plenty of accolades. It’s been named a Top 10 First Novel by Booklist Online, made the Chicago Reader’s Best Books of 2014 and the long list of the 2015 Tournament of Books. May is an associate professor in the Fiction Writing program at Columbia College Chicago. A Chicago native and a former reporter for The Washington Post, his short fiction has appeared in Solstice, Fish Stories, F, Criminal Class, Hypertext, and Flyleaf Journal. In addition to his Post reporting, his nonfiction has appeared in Sport Literate, the Chicago Tribune, and the anthology: Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck. Join us as he talks about writing his first novel and returning to “Washington Midwest.” Let us know you’re coming by signing up here. “An Evening with Eric Charles May” begins at 6:30 pm at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave on Wednesday, March 25.